International CU Leadership Program Seeks U.S. Interns to Brazil
U.S. CU leaders invited to apply for Department of State scholarships to intern at Brazil CUs in January
MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling U.S. credit union professionals to apply for an intensive, two-week credit union internship in Brazil, Jan. 12–25, 2014, through its International Credit Union Leadership Program. A committee will select 12 candidates to participate in the scholarship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and covers all expenses but airfare. The application deadline is September 27.
A group of U.S. participants visit the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica as part of their internships through the International Credit Union Leadership Program in June.
"The International Credit Union Leadership Program gives credit union leaders in the U.S. a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience from Brazil's credit union system. The country is globally recognized for successfully consolidating and fully integrating its credit union system," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "Interns will learn how Brazil's credit unions reach underserved populations and support their communities through member education and special projects. They will also gain an appreciation for cooperative collaboration that they can apply back home."
The International Credit Union Leadership Program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, expose participants to cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to the credit union industry. Participating U.S. credit union leaders learn firsthand about methods to better serve an increasingly diverse membership, including youth, businesses and low-income members. In a two-way exchange, credit union professionals from Brazil also have the opportunity to intern in the United States. Twelve select Brazilian credit union professionals will begin their U.S. internships on Oct. 6 at Cornerstone Credit Union League (Texas) and Northwest Credit Union Association (Ore./Wash.), implementing partners of the grant.
"The International Credit Union Leadership program offered me the opportunity to increase my network of contacts within the credit union industry and allowed me to develop professional skills through hands-on learning," said Sandra Cano, Navigant Credit Union (R.I.) business and community development officer. "The unexpected consequence was how much I immediately connected to my host family and how welcomed I was into their community, both personally and professionally."
The International Credit Union Leadership Program is part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges. The program provides each participant with credit union placement, lodging with a local host family, meals and communication stipends, local transportation and traveler's insurance. Sponsoring U.S. credit unions are responsible for covering an airfare cost of approximately US$2,000 as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.
Applications are due September 27. Learn more about World Council's International Credit Union Leadership Program and download an application form at www.woccu.org/leadershipprogram. Contact Michael Suing, email@example.com or +1-608-395-2075, for details.
For more information on the Department of State Professional Fellows Program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs/professional-fellows.html. See photos and stories from past participants at www.facebook.com/woccu and www.facebook.com/profellows.
El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.
El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 103 países atienden a 208 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en www.woccu.org.
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